If nuclear war breaks out on the Korean peninsula, 19 million people would be killed the first day.
That was the prediction of internationally known scholar Dr. Alexis Dudden, who spoke at Lander University last week on the causes of conflict in east Asia and prospects for peace.
The appearance by Dudden, a professor of history at the University of Connecticut and expert in international relations in East Asia, was funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Peace to Support Public Education for Peacebuilding.
Dudden said she was “deeply disappointed” in North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying he is “squandering his chances” to make peace. Nevertheless, inviting him to Washington for peace talks might be a step in the right direction, she said.
She said that China, Russia and Japan must also do more to defuse what has become a truly volatile situation.
“The alternative is Armageddon,” she said.